Police warn of repeated acts of vandalism at Princess Park

North Vancouver

2024-05-23 07:46 PDT

File # 24

North Vancouver RCMP are warning park goers of Princess Park, located in the District North Vancouver, of repeated vandalisms.

In the month of April, District of North Vancouver Park Rangers have noted several signs and posts have been stolen and that the holes have been back filled. The Rangers have also noted that in previous instances, the signs were completely removed and thrown to the side and fencing has been knocked down repeatedly. The signs warn park users to stay on trail and that dogs must be leashed.

Park Rangers have had to replace and reinstall these signs, costing money that could be better spent to upkeep the park.

Picture of a wooden post from a distance in a wooded area with a sign that states "Restoration area, Please stay on trail. Dogs welcome on leah past this point."  Picture of a wooden post in a wooded area with a sign that states "Restoration area, Please stay on trail. Dogs welcome on leah past this point."

It is really disappointing to see such senseless acts of theft and vandalism in Princess Park, said Steffanie Warriner, Director of Parks for the District of North Vancouver. New signage and fencing were installed to protect the hard work of over 60 community volunteers and District staff who planted 1,000 native plants last year to help improve forest health in this area. Not only is it costly to continue to replace these signs and fencing, but these acts of vandalism disrespect the time and care that has been invested into restoring this sensitive area and put the good work of the community and staff in jeopardy.

These acts of vandalism are criminal and the persons responsible could be charged with mischief, said Constable Mansoor Sahak, Media Relations Officer for the North Vancouver RCMP. "We’re asking anyone who has witnessed suspicious activity or has information related to these incidents to come forward.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the North Vancouver RCMP at 604-985-1311 or Crime Stoppers, if they wish to remain anonymous, at 1-800-222-TIPS or www.solvecrime.ca.

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Media Relations Unit
North Vancouver RCMP
147 East 14th St, North Van., BC, V7L 2N4
Office: 604-969-7321
Cell: 778-228-1619

Email: nvan_media@rcmp-grc.gc.ca
Website: nvan.rcmp-grc.gc.ca (English only)

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